IconIMCA and OCIMF Cyber Security Seminar during London International Shipping Week

Just how easy is it to hack into a ship control system? Delegates at the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) Cyber Security Seminar ‘Ship control systems: ‘Designed in’ cyber security protection should be standard’, being held on 12 September during London International Shipping Week, will be able to … Continue reading “IMCA and OCIMF Cyber Security Seminar during London International Shipping Week”

IconIMCA joins World Federation of Pipe Line Industry Associations

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has become a Sister Association member of the World Federation of Pipe Line Industry Associations (WFPIA). WFPIA provides a platform for collaboration amongst the associations related in one way or another to the onshore and offshore construction of international and regional oil, gas, water and slurry pipelines. Sister Associations … Continue reading “IMCA joins World Federation of Pipe Line Industry Associations”

IconInstant access to IMO dynamic positioning guidelines from the IMCA website

It was in March 2015 that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed to use the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) proposals as the basis for the review of the IMO Guidelines for vessels with dynamic positioning (DP) systems (MSC/Circ.645). Now that IMO has published the update (MSC/Circ.1580), IMCA has consolidated the guidance into document 245 … Continue reading “Instant access to IMO dynamic positioning guidelines from the IMCA website”

IconIMCA publishes ROV personnel and vehicle statistics

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has long collected information both on personnel working on remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and also on the types of ROV in operation. There has now been a thorough reassessment of the original reported data going back to 2010 in order to identify long-term trends. As Richard Benzie, IMCA’s Technical … Continue reading “IMCA publishes ROV personnel and vehicle statistics”

IconIMCA Asia-Pacific regional meeting taking place in Kuala Lumpur

The next International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Asia-Pacific regional meeting for members and invited guests will take place on Tuesday 29 August from 09:00 in Kuala Lumpur at the Novotel Kuala Lumpur City Centre. The meeting will be attended by IMCA’s Chief Executive, Allen Leatt, and will include technical presentations including Jaap Zwicker of Heerema … Continue reading “IMCA Asia-Pacific regional meeting taking place in Kuala Lumpur”

IconIMCA and OCIMF staging cyber security seminar for London International Shipping Week

The need for cyber security and understanding possible risks is a growing concern across all industries and sectors.  As part of London International Shipping Week the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) are holding a Cyber Security Seminar on 12 September. With the overall theme ‘Ship control systems: ‘Designed in’ … Continue reading “IMCA and OCIMF staging cyber security seminar for London International Shipping Week”

Icon2017 IMCA Lifting & Rigging Seminar presentations now online

The presentations from the 2017 International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Lifting & Rigging Seminar with its theme ‘Slings and rigging: ‘The soft revolution’’ held on 14 June at the Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol are now online, as is a full report on the seminar and details of the workshops held as an integral part of the … Continue reading “2017 IMCA Lifting & Rigging Seminar presentations now online”

IconCall for papers for joint SUT/THSiS/IMCA seminar ‘The Leading Edge Of Value-Based Subsea Inspection’

A call for papers has been issued for the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT), the Hydrographic Society in Scotland and the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) joint seminar, which this year has the theme ‘The Leading Edge of Value-Based Subsea Inspection’.  It is available at www.sut.org/event/call-for-papers-the-leading-edge-of-value-based-subsea-inspection/. The seminar will be held in Aberdeen on 1 … Continue reading “Call for papers for joint SUT/THSiS/IMCA seminar ‘The Leading Edge Of Value-Based Subsea Inspection’”

IconIMCA welcomes the UK Home Office concession

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) welcomes the short term concession by the Home Office to immigration rules concerning seafarers joining vessels engaged in the construction and maintenance of offshore wind projects. However, IMCA notes that the recent change by the Home Office of immigration control over such seafarers (to resume after 21 October 2017) … Continue reading “IMCA welcomes the UK Home Office concession”

IconMaking Waves 83 – June 2017

In this issue of the quarterly IMCA magazine, we speak to Kitack Lim – Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), as IMCA steps up its representation of the marine contracting sector at IMO and with regulators around the world.
Also in this issue: Harke Jan Meek becomes IMCA President; new initiatives following the recent strategic review; safety statistics published and changes to safety flashes on the way; regulatory updates from IMO, ILO, US (Jones Act) and the EU; and the usual updates on documentation, events and membership.

IconTwo highly topical presentations at IMCA Europe & Africa region meeting

International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) members and guests attending the association’s Europe & Africa Region meeting at the Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol Airport on Tuesday 13 June will hear two highly topical presentations. The first by Evert van Herel, Project Manager of Allseas will focus on ‘Brent Delta removal, the end of an era’; the second … Continue reading “Two highly topical presentations at IMCA Europe & Africa region meeting”

IconIMCA announces new President

Harke Jan Meek, Chief Commercial Officer at Heerema Marine Contractors, has become IMCA’s new President and Chairman of the Board, with Iain Grainger, Vice President Commercial at McDermott International Inc. the new IMCA Vice President.

IconIMCA aims to set the Jones Act record straight

On May 10, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued Customs Bulletin & Decisions, Vol. 51, No. 19, ‘Withdrawal of Proposed Modification and Revocation of Ruling Letters Relating to Customs Application of the Jones Act to the Transportation of Certain Merchandise and Equipment Between Coastwise Points’.  The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) immediately welcomed … Continue reading “IMCA aims to set the Jones Act record straight”

IconThe real facts related to CBP’s recent decision to withdraw its Jones Act proposal

On May 10, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) issued Customs Bulletin & Decisions, Vol. 51, No. 19, “Withdrawal of Proposed Modification and Revocation of Ruling Letters Relating to Customs Application of the Jones Act to the Transportation of Certain Merchandise and Equipment Between Coastwise Points.”  The International Marine Contractors Association (“IMCA”) immediately welcomed … Continue reading “The real facts related to CBP’s recent decision to withdraw its Jones Act proposal”

IconIMCA supports CBP decision on Jones Act

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) welcomes withdrawal of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) notice to revoke and modify rulings relating to offshore vessels under the Jones Act. Allen Leatt, Chief Executive of IMCA, explains: “Members of the International Marine Contractors Association with vessels active in U.S. waters, together with their clients, welcome the … Continue reading “IMCA supports CBP decision on Jones Act”

IconIMCA engages in seafarers’ wages payment during piracy at ILO meetings

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) actively participated, on behalf of the Maritime Employers’ Group, in the International Labour Organization (ILO) Working Group of the Special Tripartite Committee (STC), established under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) – the international treaty covering minimum working and living standards for seafarers. The Working Group’s meeting took place in Geneva, … Continue reading “IMCA engages in seafarers’ wages payment during piracy at ILO meetings”

IconIMCA takes action as countdown to deadline for submission on the Jones Act changes draws close – 1 day to go

IMCA is selecting a key fact-a-day on the 7-day countdown to the April 18, 2017 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) comment submission deadline, to highlight the potential risks if CBP revokes 40 years of precedent as reflected in its own rulings. Rulings that have brought decades of stability and billions of dollars in investment to the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. Today we cover the myth about the ability of coastwise marine service companies to fill a resulting gap in the market.

IconIMCA takes action as countdown to deadline for submission on the Jones Act changes draws close – 2 days to go

IMCA is selecting a key fact-a-day on the 7-day countdown to the April 18, 2017 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) comment submission deadline, to highlight the potential risks if CBP revokes 40 years of precedent as reflected in its own rulings. Rulings that have brought decades of stability and billions of dollars in investment to the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. Today we cover the myth about market coverage – it’s not just inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM).

IconIMCA takes action as countdown to deadline for submission on the Jones Act changes draws close – 3 days to go

IMCA is selecting a key fact-a-day on the 7-day countdown to the April 18, 2017 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) comment submission deadline, to highlight the potential risks if CBP revokes 40 years of precedent as reflected in its own rulings. Rulings that have brought decades of stability and billions of dollars in investment to the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. Today we cover the myth about Jones Act waivers.

IconIMCA takes action as countdown to deadline for submission on the Jones Act changes draws close – 4 days to go

IMCA is selecting a key fact-a-day on the 7-day countdown to the April 18, 2017 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) comment submission deadline, to highlight the potential risks if CBP revokes 40 years of precedent as reflected in its own rulings. Rulings that have brought decades of stability and billions of dollars in investment to the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. Today we cover the myth about vessel equipment as merchandise.

IconIMCA takes action as countdown to deadline for submission on the Jones Act changes draws close – 5 days to go

IMCA is selecting a key fact-a-day on the 7-day countdown to the April 18, 2017 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) comment submission deadline, to highlight the potential risks if CBP revokes 40 years of precedent as reflected in its own rulings. Rulings that have brought decades of stability and billions of dollars in investment to the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. Today we cover the myth about impact on the US jobs market.

IconIMCA takes action as countdown to deadline for submission on the Jones Act changes draws close – 6 days to go

IMCA is selecting a key fact-a-day on the 7-day countdown to the April 18, 2017 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) comment submission deadline, to highlight the potential risks if CBP revokes 40 years of precedent as reflected in its own rulings. Rulings that have brought decades of stability and billions of dollars in investment to the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. Today we cover the myth about economic investment.

IconIMCA takes action as countdown to deadline for submission on the Jones Act changes draws close – 7 days to go

IMCA is selecting a key fact-a-day on the 7-day countdown to the April 18, 2017 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) comment submission deadline, to highlight the potential risks if CBP revokes 40 years of precedent as reflected in its own rulings. Rulings that have brought decades of stability and billions of dollars in investment to the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. Today we cover the myth about coastwise fleet capability.

IconNew report confirms potentially serious damage to the deepwater construction market in the US Gulf of Mexico from proposed Jones Act changes

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) issued its report on 4 April into the potential impact of the Jones Act proposals published by the US Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) on 18 January.  The report is available on IMCA’s website *. IMCA has conducted a detailed analysis of the technical requirements of conducting various … Continue reading “New report confirms potentially serious damage to the deepwater construction market in the US Gulf of Mexico from proposed Jones Act changes”

IconIMCA publishes report on offshore construction vessel capacity in the US Gulf of Mexico

Following the bulletin published by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on 17 January proposing to revoke or modify a series of rulings relating to offshore activities and the Jones Act, IMCA has completed an analysis of fleet capacity in the US Gulf of Mexico (GoM) should the revocations go ahead. The report, Marine Construction … Continue reading “IMCA publishes report on offshore construction vessel capacity in the US Gulf of Mexico”

IconIMCA eCMID workshop to be held in Stavanger

IMCA is holding its next regular workshop to engage with the eCMID community including vessel operators, inspectors, and clients on Monday 29 May at Oceaneering International’s facility in Stavanger, Norway. Like all such workshops in 2017, has as its core theme how IMCA vessel inspection tools can assist in vessel assurance efforts for offshore contractors – in particular, for vessels brought out of lay-up, and as part of ISM code requirements.

IconIMCA to hold two-day ROV seminar in Stavanger

IMCA is organising an ROV seminar on the theme ‘The future for remote systems and ROVs in the offshore construction industry’, which will take place on Tuesday 30-Wednesday 31 May at Oceaneering International’s facility in Stavanger, Norway.

IconAre you prepared? New IMCA safety videos and pocket cards launched

IMCA has launched a new series of mini safety videos, each with a supporting pocket safety card, on the theme of ‘Be Prepared to Work Safely’.

The first ten videos and cards cover: working at height, preventing slips and trips; toolbox talks; manual handling; permit to work; watch your hands; lifting operations; line of fire; lifting equipment; and confined spaced – the dangers. Each video is available to stream online now, with members able to download the pocket cards plus the video files in ten languages.

IconMaking Waves #82 – Quarter 1, 2017

This issue of IMCA’s quarterly newsletter features an exclusive interview on the first US offshore wind project and some of the varied challenges that were overcome in order to deliver it.

Also in this issue: transitioning to the new governance arrangements; this new website and changes to document access and classification; the launch of new safety promotion video shorts; DP guidance and IMO recognition; plus the usual updates on documentation, events and membership.

IconNew IMCA website launched

We’ve launched a new IMCA website, which aims to be clearer and to make it easier to find publications, other member documents and ways to get involved. We’re keen for all feedback to further improve our online presence.

IconIMCA welcomes extra 60 days for public comment on Jones Act

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and their members with vessels active in US waters have welcomed news that the period for public consultation and comment has been extended by an additional 60 days. “This means that we, and others, including our members, and their clients, have until April 18 to comment on the proposals … Continue reading “IMCA welcomes extra 60 days for public comment on Jones Act”

IconIMO accepts IMCA paper as basis for updating DP guidelines

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to continue using the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) document covering as the basis of the IMO Guidelines for Dynamic Positioning System (DP) Operator Training (MSC/Circ.738). The IMCA guidance (IMCA M 117) has recently been revised and earlier this week IMO Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping … Continue reading “IMO accepts IMCA paper as basis for updating DP guidelines”

IconIMCA comments on potential wide sweeping changes to Jones Act decisions

Members of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) with vessels active in US waters, together with their clients, have expressed serious concern over the hasty proposals by the Customs and Border Protection agency to revoke longstanding decisions made over the last 40 years concerning the Jones Act. These proposals, which represent a major change in … Continue reading “IMCA comments on potential wide sweeping changes to Jones Act decisions”

IconIMCA North America Region meeting considers challenges of using ISNetworld

The focus of the first International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) North America Region meeting of the year will be dealing with contractors’ difficulties when using ISNetworld, which was established to streamline the contractor-qualification process by collecting and maintaining current data in one central location, allowing Hiring Clients to assess contractor compliance. The meeting, being held … Continue reading “IMCA North America Region meeting considers challenges of using ISNetworld”

IconBusy spring for IMCA with an extensive seminar and workshop programme

During 2016 the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) announced it had changed its seminar strategy, replacing the traditional large annual event with a series of highly focused technical seminars. These proved very successful, and a commitment was made to build on this strategy in 2017. This has resulted in seven events being scheduled for spring … Continue reading “Busy spring for IMCA with an extensive seminar and workshop programme”

IconIMCA liaises with EU offshore regulators

Promoting collaboration between key international and regional regulators – such as the IMO and the European Commission – to achieve common positions on matters which affect the operations of offshore contractors is a pivotal aspect of the work of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). Last week, on Thursday 19 January 2017, IMCA participated in … Continue reading “IMCA liaises with EU offshore regulators”

IconIMCA guidance demonstrates the strength of working together

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has undertaken the ambitious project of reviewing every guidance document in their extensive library, ensuring all are fully up-to-date. Work on the project, which started in January 2016, will be completed in the first quarter of this year. The comprehensive review has seen the Marine Division Management Committee and … Continue reading “IMCA guidance demonstrates the strength of working together”

IconIMCA welcomes IMO Secretary General’s call not to threaten IMO’s emissions global roadmap

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) believes that the roadmap adopted by the Marine Environment Protection of IMO (MEPC 70) to develop a comprehensive strategy to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions globally from shipping provides the right framework for moving forward on this vital issue. According to the agreed timeline, IMO will initiate its decision-making … Continue reading “IMCA welcomes IMO Secretary General’s call not to threaten IMO’s emissions global roadmap”

IconCompelling presentations at IMCA’s forthcoming South America Region meeting

The first International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) South America Region meeting of 2017 takes place at the Comfort Suites Macaé in Brazil on Wednesday 25 January. The meeting, which is open to IMCA members and their guests, begins with a networking lunch and then features a series of compelling presentations. , IMCA’s Technical Director will … Continue reading “Compelling presentations at IMCA’s forthcoming South America Region meeting”

IconMaking Waves advertising opportunities for 2017

Details of the advertising opportunities available in 2017 in Making Waves, our quarterly magazine are now available in the Making Waves 2017 Media Pack. Exclusive to IMCA Supplier (S/S*) members, advertising in Making Waves is a great value way to reach our targeted global readership of marine contracting industry professionals. Download the media pack from our … Continue reading “Making Waves advertising opportunities for 2017”